Students gather in a res hall room

To aid students in their planning process the Residence Life Office posts important dates for the current and upcoming academic year. Please refer to the dates below when making travel arrangements to and from Cornell. Students are not permitted in their residence hall room before the time indicated and must vacate their residence hall room by the time indicated. No exceptions are allowed. Students who find it necessary to arrive earlier or depart later are expected to make alternative off-campus arrangements.

Please note the information found on the corresponding links are for the current academic year and are available for reference only.  Links pertaining to fall semester dates will be updated over winter break and links pertaining to spring semester dates will be updated over the summer to reflect information for the following academic year.

Event

Time

2018 - 2019

2019 - 2020

2020-2021

Residence halls open for new students

8:30 a.m.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Residence halls open for transfer students

9:00 a.m.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Friday, August 23, 2019

Friday, August 21, 2020

Residence halls open for returning students

9:00 a.m.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Saturday, August 20, 2020

Last day to change meal plans for fall semester

4:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Fall break begins (residence halls remain open)

11:00 a.m.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Monday, November 25, 2019

Monday, November 23, 2020

Living & Learning Community application process begins*

4:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 5, 2018 Wednesday, December 4, 2019 Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Resident Assistant selection begins 3:30 p.m. Monday, December 10, 2018 Monday, December 9, 2019 Monday, December 7, 2020

Residence halls close for winter break

11:00 a.m.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Residence halls re-open for all students for spring semester

9:00 a.m.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Sunday, January 12, 2021

Last day to change meal plans for spring semester

4:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Off-Campus lottery begins*

8:00 a.m.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Monday, January 20, 2020

Monday, January 18, 2021

Spring break begins (residence halls remain open)

8:00 a.m.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Thursday, March 4, 2021
Room Selection Information Table* 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2019 Wednesday, March 18, 2020 Wednesday, March 17, 2021
8:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Tuesday, March 17, 2020 Tuesday, March 16, 2021
8:00 a.m. Thursday, March 21, 2019 Thursday, March 19, 2020 Thursday, March 18, 2021
General housing selection numbers draw* 8:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2019 Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Singles, triples and quads selection* 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2019 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Doubles selection* 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, 2019 Thursday, April 2, 2020 Thursday, April 1, 2021
Late room draw* 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, 2019 Thursday, April 2, 2020 Thursday, April 1, 2021

Residence halls close for non-graduating students

11:00 a.m.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Residence halls open for full summer housing students

1:00 p.m.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Friday, May 8, 2020

Friday, May 7, 2021

Residence halls close for all graduating students

5:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Residence halls open for ten-week summer students

1:00 p.m..

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Residence halls close for ten-week summer students

5:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Full summer students transition to fall housing assignments

1:30 p.m.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Friday, August 7, 2020

Friday, August 6, 2021

*Note: These are housing selection dates for currently enrolled students. Additional information is available on the associated links.  Prospective students and incoming first-year or transfer students should refer to our fall opening web page for information about your housing process.